Woolpit are just edged out by league leaders

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Cambridge Granta 187

beat Woolpit 155

by 32 runs

Woolpit came close to beating the league leaders, but for the second week running failed to chase down an achievable target set by their bowlers.

Putting their opponents into bat, Woolpit struck early with Will Parker removing Rice for three.

James Holmes’ concession of only 22 runs in 18 overs a notable achievement before the Woolpit spin pair of Hamish Fiddes and Michael Rippon worked their way through the Cambridge batting.

Cambridge were eventually dismissed for 187.

Rippon finished with figures of 3-49 and Fiddes 3-45.

In reply, Ben Cooper (32), and Craig Estlea (25) staged a partial recovery after Woolpit lost three early wickets.

Rippon and Blackledge took the score to 146 before Blackledge was out for 29, triggering a late collapse.

In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Three, Woolpit II lost to Sudbury II by 65 runs.

Marcus West took 5-49 as Sudbury struggled to get on top of a depleted Woolpit bowling line-up.

In reply, Woolpit were bowled out for 142, with Julian Bradwell top-scoring with 47.

In Division Seven, Woolpit III beat Ipswich III by six wickets.

A second wicket stand of 164, made possible by seven dropped catches allowed Ipswich to reach 199-9.

Gavin Taylor took 5-38 and George Garrad 4-38 in the field.

Thirty-nine from Will West and 91 not out from Trevor Haynes carried Woolpit to a fine six-wicket win.

In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Woolpit beat Bardwell by nine wickets.

Only Bardwell’s opener Wakeman with 68 not out resisted the mainly teenage Woolpit bowling attack, as they were held to 119-8 off their 40 overs.

Ben Boyden with 87 not out and Jonty LaCompte (29no) knocked off the target for a comprehensive nine-wicket win to Woolpit.

In Division Four, Woolpit II lost to Tuddenham by 73 runs.

In their first game of the season, Woolpit faced division leaders Tuddenham.

Despite Will West’s 3-25, 89 by Harris, 54 from Burrell and 53 from Shimmens, they took Tuddenham to a challenging 260-7.

In reply, 41 from Adam Feavearyear and 26 from 12-year-old Ned Stanton helped Woolpit to a respectable 187-9.